Experiential Learning

By combining the academic world with the real world, HPS Engagement creates real-life laboratories in which students get to practice what they have learned.  These experiences allow faculty, students, and community partners to work together in transformative ways.

Research by Leo Hidalgo (@yompyz), on Flickr
An opportunity for students to engage in meaningful community service, connected to course material and grounded in reflection.
Jaehee fielding questions by juhansonin, on Flickr
Internships or Practicums
A work experience directly related to an academic major that provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and abilities under the supervision of a professional.
Communities within residence halls that bring students together around a common interest to create learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
Artist’s First Palette by mckinney75402, on Flickr
Community-Based Research
Collaborative projects in which faculty, students, and community partners work together to respond to community-identified needs.
Changdeokgung_Moonlight_Tour_Foreign_Med by KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea, on Flickr
Study Abroad
A unique opportunity for students to experience the world as the classroom and learn about cultures and diversity by engaging in coursework outside of the United States.

Benefits for students

Academic Outcomes

  • Deeper understanding of subject matter than is possible through classroom study alone
  • The capacity for critical thinking and application of knowledge in complex situations
  • The ability to engage in lifelong learning, including learning in the workplace

Social Outcomes

  • Increased awareness of complex social issues impacting one’s community
  • Stronger connection to resources and services within the community
  • Increased motivation to make a meaningful contribution to one’s community

Career Connect

UNT values students engaging in the community in meaningful ways.  Career Connect experiences give students the opportunity to work with a community partner towards a mutually beneficial goal - providing real experiences like internships, volunteer work, research projects, study abroad trips, etc. Every UNT student already has a wide range of community-engaged experiences during their time at UNT.  These can be both classroom and co-curricular.  Connect is a way to integrate the work and showcase skills. As students complete a Connect experience, important skills like communication, teamwork and critical thinking are evaluated and students integrate the work by reflecting and identifying the skills they're building - all to prepare them with marketable skills for careers and graduate degrees. 

Learn more about Career Connect

Photo credits
Connections" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by moonty
"Research" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Leo Hidalgo (@yompyz)
"Artist’s First Palette" (CC BY 2.0) by mckinney75402
"Jaehee fielding questions" (CC BY 2.0) by juhansonin
"Changdeokgung_Moonlight_Tour_Foreign_Med" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea
"Partners" (CC BY 2.0) by JD Hancock